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Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm PDT
mitt romney and president barack obama, with only 34 days to go before the election. did someone win the great debate? >>> making the grade. they advised george w. bush, al gore and sarah palin before their famous debates. with the stakes so high, what marks do our political insiders give these candidates? we'll tell you, in the "nightline" report card. >>> and, what's your percent? are you in the 47%? what does it take to be in the 1% of the 1%? this year, the percentage has taken on a life of its own, and we get right to the point. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is a special edition of "nightline," one-on-one, the candidates debate, october 3rd, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. tonight, a high stakes showdown as president barack obama and mitt romney took the stage in denver to go head to head for the first time. an estimated 60 million americans tuned in to watch this critical moment in an often contentious presidential campaign with the election just 34 days away. crucial swing vo
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
is a very good debater. he's practiced and practiced and practiced and practiced. >> the moderator and obama are going to come after him. >> romney is actually pretty good on his feet in debates. >> the big questions, can romney reset his campaign with a strong debate? or with early voting under way -- >> president obama. >> -- is it too late for a turnaround? >> four years from his last debate. >> you're wrong. >> will president obama be rusty? or, can he break the race wide open? we'll ask our headliners. new jersey governor chris christie and the president's senior adviser david plouffe. and our powerhouse roundtable. squaring off, former party chairs haley barbour and howard dean. plus, matthew dowd, donna brazile and maggie haberman of politico. >>> hello again. we're heading into the home stretch of this campaign. just 37 days before the final votes, with all eyes on this week's first debate. the candidates are hunkering down in debate camp. our guests are ready to weigh in on where the race stands. what to expect wednesday? white house adviser david plouffe standing by for the preside
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
>> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennenning the middle class. it is math. it is arithmetic. >> on health care -- >> first
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculations. >> i know the media is speculating who is going to have the best zinger. i don't know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absol
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
at the restaurant. >>> president obama and mitt romney are preparing for this week's high profile debate. mr. obama is at a resort in nevada, mitt romney has practice planned in massachusetts. tahman bradley with more on how they are handling expectations. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney start the week gearing up for a crucial showdown wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. in las vegas last night the president tried to manage expectations. >> the president: folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zingers. governor nor romney is a good debater. >> reporter: as they hunker down for practice poll show americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose entitle a new poll this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
come on the air, president obama and governor romney are preparing for the super bowl of politics. 60 million americans expected to watch the first debate tonight. and it is one of those nights that can change history. we want to show you the stage, right now, at the university of denver in colorado. it is standing by, awaiting the candidates. 34 days until your voice, your vote. and the abc news political team is right there in that room. david muir and jake tapper, ready for the opening round to begin. so, david, start us off. >> reporter: diane, good evening from the debate hall here at the university of denver. you can see the stage behind me. everything planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. but to give you an idea of the intimate setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000, but they've created this intimate setting as tens of millions watch from th
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Oct 4, 2012 1:05am PDT
his big, bold idea is never mind. >> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennenning the middle class. it is math. it is arithm
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
has been the biggest moment so far in this race. and for much of the night, president obama looked very relaxed on stage. and mitt romney pounced, putting the president on defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney. then, it quickly focused on the economy. >> 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry's come roaring back. and housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again, to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night. but his comments about the 47% had taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments. and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. i will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rival, saying that romney cannot keep his goal of cutting taxes and not add to the deficit without hurting the middle-c
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: president obama, meanwhile, is trying to rebound from what many believe was a lackluster debate performance. before a crowd of 30,000 in madison, wisconsin, yesterday, the president suggested romney's performance was just an act. >> i met this very spirited fellow who claims to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: obama campaign advisers were even more blunt, accusing romney of being dishonest on the debate stage. but some of the president's supporters and liberal pundits are baffled by what they saw as a passive performance. >> i felt like he should have been more aggressive. >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. he was enduring the debate, rather than fighting it. >> reporter: president obama could have new worries today when the monthly job numbers come out. economists predicted the unemploymen
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Oct 4, 2012 1:40am PDT
romney -- he was clear, decisive in his answers. where obama's mind seemed to wander and at times seemed very distant while romney was speaking. >> a lot agree with that. meanwhile, martin says obama. romney gives me a bad feeling. i don't trust him. >> ally says, obama won. romney looked lick he drank too much red bull or something. he was hyped. >> mitchell says, huge obama fan and think he'll come back next debate. but tonight he was kicked from one side of the ring to another. >> andy says, i call it a tie since they both seem to have repeated what the other said, just different wording or something like that. >> really, really interesting last night. pundits on both side. mitt romney's night. don't think any one is are going that. obama, flat, looking down, angry, irritated. like he is phoning it in. mitt romney was aggressive. wonder if he went through 22 debates in the primary with republicans. it showed last night. it really did. >> sure did. very strange strategy so to speak from the president. >> if it was a strategy, yeah. join the conversation logging on to our facebook page
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderated 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presi
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
place between president obama and mitt romney starting at 6:00 right here. brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: the last time president obama and mitt romney met face-to-face was during the 2008 campaign season many tonight, four years later, they meet again in their first presidential debate, it is a critical moment with the race still very close according to the latest poll. >> mitt romney has to show up and be competent and compassionate and connect with the audience. the president is about mannerisms and style. >> reporter: while the candidates go through last minute debate preps, a speech obama gave in 2007 has resurfaced conservative website posted the entire video last night. critics call it racially divisive. he contrasted how families in new orleans were treated by the government after hurricane katrina compared to new york city residents after 911. >> what is happening in new orleans. where is your dollars? where is your money? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. [ applause tells me that somehow the people in new orleans they don't care about as m
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunkering down, cramming for the big debate. what are their secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter. a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble for you and your family. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land under strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose,passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and, so, people were essen
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
is almost ready at the university of denver, where tomorrow night, president obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his lines of attack. >> we had 43-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate has spent many hours practicing. he'll huddle again with advise herbs practicing today. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> he's playing president obama in the mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00pm PDT
vote. president obama and mitt romney took time off the campaign trail today as they propose for their first debate. the president gradually pulling ahead in the polls, most analysts believe it will be a crucial night for president obama. chris christie says he expects romney to deliver. >> i think what we need is a big and bold performance on wednesday night and that's what he's going to give us. >> this is the ballgame for mitt romney right any because if he doesn't do well at the debate it will be very hard for him to get back in it. >> meanwhile president obama is reportedly hold up in this nevada resort preparing to confront romney. >> what the president will have to do early on is to jump start this the way you would do a jump ball and make sure that mitt romney never gets the ball back. >> if the election were held today, an associated press poll shows mr. obama well within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed for a win with ohio and iowa now among the states he would carry. romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he a
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
for the first debate between mitt romney and president obama. next, the lines both candidates will be using. >>> penalty you will be paying when flying one airline. you won't believe how much money your carry-ons could cost you. >>> holiday hiring already in full swing at within majo you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con baits are specially formulated to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. um, hello. these ugly stains are ruining my good looks and style. and good luck using that cleaner. excuse me, miss ? he's right. those are tough hard water stains, and that cleaner's not gonna cut it. truth is, 85% of us have hard water and many don't even know it. you need lime-a-way. lime-a-way is specially formulated to conquer hard water stains. it's 4 times more effective at removing lime scale than the leading bathroom cleaner. see the lime-a-way difference or your money back. >>> welcome to tuesday morning. tuesday afternoon mid to upper 70s coast a few 80s, 80s and 90s bay, 90s to 100 inland. let's see what is going to happen across the country milder to the east 60s and
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Oct 3, 2012 1:40am PDT
. >>> also ahead, video resurfaces of president obama as a candidate five years ago, talking about racial issues in the wake of hurricane katrina, and now the white house has issued its response. this seems to be the election of the surprise video here. so now it is the president's turn. >> it is october. >> five weeks and counting. >> yep. >>> and then the anchorwoman who used her own newscast to respond to criticism about her waktd. her on-air message has triggered a nationwide outpouring. >>> later this half-hour, caught on tape. nicki minaj lets loose with a blue streak, cursing out mariah carey in a big "american idol" battle. we'll have it coming up later in ""the skinny."" we talked a few weeks ago how the two divas are not fans of each other. now, again, more video, surprise video this morning, nicki and mariah, claws out. >> good publicity and good press for the show. ratings will be up, you know that. >> we love each other in case you were wondering. >>> first, american airlines in something of a thaw in the frigid relations between the company and its pilots' union. >> they wil
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
hollyfield, abc7 news. >>> this morning, mitt romney and president obama are back out on the campaign trail wasting no time after their debate in denver. romney's campaign got a boost in momentum thanks to his aggressive critique of mr. obama's handling of the economy. but mr. obama fought back asking for specifics about how he would help the middle class. >> reporter: the first debate started with a shand shake -- which handshake and smile between president obama and mitt romney. then it quickly focused on the economy. >> the president: five million jobs in the private sector created. auto industry has come roaring back. housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night but his comments about the 47% has taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried, crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> reporter: th
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Oct 5, 2012 1:40am PDT
cleaner. see the lime-a-way difference or your money back. ♪ ha-ha-ha-ha-ha >>> some say president obama's performance in wednesday night's debates were no laughing matter, but there are some men who would disagree with that. >> they are esteemed pundits of political humor, icons of late night laughter and a lack now at what they had to say. >> he just told the moderator who works at pbs, i'm going to throw your ass out on the street, old man! you -- not only you, but all of those free loloading muppets. that takes not just one ball, but two, two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night, which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was trying to find something on apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged obama's performance is if the body of bin laden could have fell from the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
when we have leaders who write-off half the nation as victims. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney will face off in their first presidential debate tonight. >> governor romney and president obama will meet behind me. >> reporter: what happens on this stage could be pivotal with only five weeks until election day. the first debate will focus on the economy and domestic policy. both took a break tuesday, with mitt romney grabbing a bite to eat in denver, president obama visited the hoover dam for the first time. >> the president: it is spectacular. >> reporter: both relied heavily on their running mates to lead their campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for republican vice presidential hopeful ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been "buried." we agree. >> reporter: the latest poll shows the race for president is still close. which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the el
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama. he goes as far as saying he was completely wrong, his quote, when he commented to wealthy donors about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he told fox news his life has shown that he cares about 100% of americans. more in about 15 minutes. >>> this morning the woman charged with ditching her daughter after a botched shoplifting attempt is sitting in santa clara jail this is marcy keelin's mugshot. cameras were rolling when she stepped out of a list car in san jose yesterday after being extradited from nevada where she had been hiding. investigators say she sped off leaving her 10-year-old behind after workers at a safeway store in morgan hill spotted them stealing. she faces burglary and child endangerment charges. >>> is if expected to be over -- san francisco has several major events taking place, police will be patrolling all over they. they say you can take precautions against becoming a victim. ama daetz has more. >> reporter: san francisco is teaming with sailors, military and otherwise. america's cup racing and fleet week are two of several major event
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
, it will be a working anniversary for president obama and the first lady. how the first couple plans on celebrating 20 years of marriage, since there's a presidential debate tonight. Ñ/&q >>> good morning. the embarcadero no more record heat for the bay area today still hot until the sea breezes kick in. meteorologist mike nicco has the timeline coming up. >>> new morning from the vatican, a man has scaled the dome of st. peters basilica. new video into the newsroom overnight. vatican police say the man scaled the 42 foot high dome to protest italian government and european union policies. he's holding a banner reading: help, enough monte. that refers to the premier. >>> for the fourth year in a row the number of babies born in the u.s. has fallen. new numbers show fewer than four million babies were born in again 11, lowest since 1998, and 1% decline from 2010. experts say it is proof of the weak economy forcing some couples to put off having children. >>> number of teens who drink and drive continues to go down. cdc says 9 out of 10 are not drinking and driving. teen dui's down 54% since 1991. the
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
-old comments made by candidate obama that some are calling racially divisive. but is it as damaging as romney's video about the 47%? >>> and potential progress for american airlines and its pilots, as the airline rushes to explain why seats have come loose. >>> also this morning, firing back. the small town tv anchor woman, now launching a national debate on weight and bullying, after a viewer attacked her for being fat. >>> and last dance. cut throat composition on the dance floor. but one all-star fails to find his hollywood ending. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. we begin with that newly-released video, getting lots of attention before tonight's first presidential debate. >> it was released overnight by a conservative website. the speech was given to a largely african-american audience back in 2007, when mr. obama was still a senator. critics say the president was divisively pandering to the crowd, saying that the fog did not do enough to help residents of new orleans after hurricane katrina. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? where's your money? makes no
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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
asked across the country today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling with the president tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. yes, that performance by the president that one former democratic party chairman referred to as lethargic, disinterested and passive, was the talk of the campaign today. campaign aides say they don't have any explanation as to why the president was the way he was, other than a general inclination to play it safe, but however cold his performance may have left even some supporters last night, today, the president came out with some fire. before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of hi
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
>>> good morning, america. clash of the candidates. governor romney and president obama face off on the economy, jobs, even big bird. the challenger, on offense. >> you're entitled to your own airplane, and your own house. but not to your own facts. >> five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> did romney turn the race around? our powerhouse political team here live with all the latest. >>> home invasion. reports of shots fired at ashton kutcher's hollywood mansion. the s.w.a.t. team swooping in to rescue three employees at g gunpoint. the manhunt under way right now. was it a high-stakes robbery or a hoax? >>> meet the bully. the man behind the e-mail who sparked national outrage. he's not backing down. what he's saying to her now. and how she's firing back. >>> and let's get ready to rumble. two titans of television, o'reilly and stewart, just days away from their own supersmackdown. but before their face-off, jon stewart is here, going head to head. and he's in a fighting mood. >> oh, yeah. it's on! >>> little debate poster up there. good
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
debate, the new release of a five year old obama speech. >> folks are frustrated. >> what's behind it? and will the speech make any difference tonight? >>> bully backlash on the news. the local anchor woman who became the headline when she took on the man who complained about her weight, head-on. >> you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> why she went public with the hurtful viewer e-mail. and her message for everyone this morning. ♪ put me in, coach i'm ready to play ♪ >>> back in the game. the major league baseball player who took a fastball to the head his first time at bat seven years ago. his fans campaigning for one more shot at glory. and we'll show you what happened at home plate. ♪ well i spent some time in the mudville nine ♪ >>> love having that music coming in. good morning, america. robin recovering from her bone marrow transplant, watching us this morning. lara is off. great to have elizabeth vargas. boy, that was some night in miami. >> whoa. >> it sure was. he had been, adam greenberg, the only
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
never seen one before. [ laughter ] and it also happens to be, tonight happens to be the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. that seems very convenient. honey, i'd love to go to the ballet with you, but i'm debating mitt romney that night. hey, mitt, help me out, will you? [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," team romney has been working on what they call zingers for mitt to use tonight. just an fyi, if you call it a zinger, probably isn't one. we got some zingers, we got some whimsy, we've got some farcical remarks tonight. romney has reportedly been rehearsing these for months. his staff said he started working on them in august. even hired a company to write zingers for him. you know, he hired a company that we sometimes use here at the show to write jokes for us, so, i thought we should ask them about it. you i believe we have them on video chat right now. see if we can hook into it. hello. >> iphone 5 map app help center. how are you not today? >> jimmy: no, no, it's me, jimmy kimmel. >> oh, hi, mr. jimmy kimmel. jimmy kimmel, how are you, my brother from a totally diffe
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Sep 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
his challenger back in the race. president obama is in nevada this morning when he'll spend the next three days in debate camp. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing president obama showing a lead this morning, 6 points. >> if romney doesn't do well in this debate it will be hard to get back in this race. >> mitt romney has to avoid be appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs show compassion, that he's competent and that he indeed can connect to voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that debates can be a game-changer. he needs to avoid appearing irritable aor impatient. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. >> the pressure is on for this debate. it could be a huge audience. anywhere between 50 million to 65 million may tune in to see these two men square off on wednesday night. >> david, great to see you live. >>> let's bring in "this week" host george stephanopoulos. the goal wednesday night is for each candidate to focus on the
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Sep 30, 2012 9:00am PDT
obama and mid rom have stopped campaigning this weekend because they are preparing for wednesday's first presidential debate. abc news reporter david curly shows how they are studying for the face-off in colorado. >> reporter: president obama is in nevada this morning, where he'll spend the next three days in debate camp, reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. he heads into the debate with the latest tracking poll showing mr. obama holding a lead at six points. >> this ballgame for mitt romney right now. if he didn't do well it will be hard for him to get back. >> reporter: both candidates have check lists. romney has to avoid appearing detached. his to-do list. show compassion, that he is confident and he can, indeed, connect to voters. >> all three of those things, he suffered over the last couple of months, especially the last couple of weeks. so in those three "c"'s that is where he has to do well. >> and team obama knows it can be a game changer. president has to look strong and not passive and avoid appearing impatient and don't be long winded. >> they are trying to get him t
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. president barack obama and governor mitt romney both in marathon training sessions. their wives and running mates carrying the banners today with mixed results. 35 days to go. "your voice, your vote." our political team is back. abc's jake tapper and abc's david muir inside the debate hall right now. covering it all. jake starts us off. >> reporter: good evening, diane. the two candidates largely kept to themselves today. leaving the hard work of campaigning to their surrogates. who hit the campaign trail in a fever pitch. not always staying on message. in battleground state north carolina, the vice president tried to assail the republican ticket, but he did so in way that brought fire upon himself. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: paul ryan pounced. >> vice president biden, just today, said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. [ applause ] >> reporter: the vice presid
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
is off. >>> president obama just wrapped up a rally in denver even if he lost last night according to analysts. mitt romney riding new wave of momentum into the swing state of virginia brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake then turned into an aggressive assault by mitt romney as he went after the president's last four years in office. >> middle income americans have been buried, crushed. >> reporter: he described the programs he would cut. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like you too but i'm not going to keep skpepbding money -- to keep spending money on things to borrow to pay for it. >> the president: five million jobs in the auto sector created housing has begun to rise. >> reporter: he said there was no way romney could cut taxes without adding to the deficit. >> the president: now he's saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: the president never brought up the 47% comment or bain capital. he seemed unassertive and looked down during attacks. most say it was romney who won this debate. >> moments like th
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
campaign. jobless rate is the lowest since president obama took office. karen travers is in washington with the impact. >> reporter: could this be a game-changer in the presidential race? for the first time in nearly four years the unemployment rate fell below 8%. unlike previous months when the rate dropped because people gave up looking for work. this was due to substantial increase in employment. >> most folks are going to work, they believe enough in this economy to seek or get jobs that's really significant. >> reporter: the nation added 114,000 jobs in september, modest number about what economists were expecting. the government reported upward revision for july and august. 86,000 jobs added over those two months. after president obama's weak debate performance wednesday, democrats are hoping this positive economic news can be a potential boost. >> the president: today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: mitt romney responded to the job
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
obama way ahead in the expectations game. >> in our abc news/"washington post" poll, 63% of registered voters, a 2-1 margin, expect president obama to win the upcoming debate and the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. >> but when it comes to the race itself and support for each candidate, a lot closer with the president leading 49% to 47%. we get more of wednesday's debate in denver from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama arrived in nevada for three days of what campaign aide are calling debate camp. but he took a break to rally supporters in that critical battleground state. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> reporter: both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to compliment their opponent and downplay expectations for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the f
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
, president obama and mitt rom fee will square off. this bill focus on domestic poll sismt it's a critical moment and there is romney looking to makeup ground lost in key swing states, you can consumer watch it here start agent 6:00 tonight and this is also going stream live for you. >> an information sharing program has grown into a boondoggel producing little information on terrorists that. is the charge contained in a panel report issued today. panel members charge homeland security with spending almost $1.5 billion on intelligence sharing senters row viding useless reports. and a new report reveals how president obama would have handled the september 11th mastermind had he survived the raid last year. the author said the president wanted to put bin laden on trial z says however that did he not expect him to go down without a fight. that book is due out in a couple weeks october 16th. >> still to come there is also, facebook rolls out a new way to give your posting better visibility. but this will cost you. >> the famous local aviateo who rode shotgun today, lucky guy. >>> national avia
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm PDT
a 2-1 margin. both hit the campaign trail today. president obama spent the day in colorado and wisconsin and will be coming back next week for another fund-raiser. and tickets start at $100 going as high as $7500s. >> a national campaign passed through the bay area today this is is orered to inform voters and calls itself patriot majority usa, targeting billionaire contributors. they want to rally opposition to cal proposition 32. >> we like to advocate and support measures helping get funding back into education. but these people don't believe in us having a voice. >> it would ban corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates. >> there are gas prices never as high in this state. triple a says the price jumped 18 cents and there is $4:32 on average. one station has clesed temporarily. >> there is a peak dollars to have 10 cents on the gallon. >> officials blame the increase monday's fire and as well as two problems in chevron including fire at the richmond refinery. there is hope officials expect prices to drop in the next couple days now that it's coming
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Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
. >> president obama and mitt romney are off the campaign trail today as they get ready to face off tomorrow night. it's tuesday, october 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. good to see you back. >> good to be back. >> uh-huh. >> you had fun in baltimore. back together. you had a good time in baltimorbaltimor baltimore. i had a good time in new orleans. and now we're back at the desk. >> i was feeling it yesterday. you are feeling it today. >> running on fumes. that is for sure. i like the glasses -- something different. >> took him about 20 minutes. and then he was like something is different. >> i'm tired. >> glasses. my eyes are -- just -- significantly regressing. >> it happens in your 60s. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. in a moment we'll have a look at how each candidate will try to score points at the big debate tomorrow night. >>> also this half hour, an amtrak train with 169 passengers collides with a big rig and then derails and passengers and eyewitnesses are describing the chaos that followed. >
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see the candidates side by side in what many say is a make-or-break opportunity for governor romney to try to narrow that gap in the polls. tonight both sides in debate prep, both sides trying to lower expectations, but there was a notable exception that one of romney's top supporters predicted on abc's "this week." it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley starts us off tonight in washington. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church, but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers. it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate, and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's "this week." >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well, so i have absolute confidence that when we get to thursday morning, george, all of you are going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campaign script. they're trying to lower expectatio
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> and in denver, president obama ridiculed romney for cutting public television. >> thank goodness, someone is getting tough on big bird. finally. it's about time. we didn't know big bird was driving the federal deficit. >> the president's campaign says mr. obama will take a different approach at the next debate following what most considered a disappointing performance. aides say the president will focus on romney's candor, calling him a liar but using softer terms. >> people seem to agree mitt romney scored a win in the debate. president obama told a denver awed -- audience romney misrepresented himself. >> there did the president tell the truth? truth is that that is not what is going to make the difference. >> there president accused mitt romney of proposing tax cuts to the rich that will hurt the middle class. >> average family will pay about $2,000 more. >> numbers are shaky. $5 trillion is the proposed tax cut and the president's number assumes that there will be no change from increased economic growth. and when it came to the health care debate there was a similar aassumption. >> i
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Sep 29, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. the first debate between >> the first debate between barack obama special mitt romney is just four days away. while they are preparing for the showed own in denver on monday, their runningmates are in the battleground states. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney were out in the public eye today, as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. so the campaign trail duties fell to their runningmates. vice-president biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reins got turned over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in 8 years. >> reporter: with his path to the white house shrinking, florida's looking like a must-win for romney. but today, his runningmate, ckman paul ryan, focused on new hampshire, with four electoral votes. but ryan said that could be a difference in the race that will come to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. [cheering] >> reporter: the cam
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00am PDT
. >> the first debate against president obama and his challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for that you are first debate this wednesday. with the campaign duties. and vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to bach and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
, everyone. the first debate against president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. the exarch trail duties fell to their running mates. vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes, but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high st
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
obama is in nevada today and mitt romney in massachusetts. this morning new poll shows 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win reelection. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support among likely voters the race is closer, president obama leads mitt romney by two points, 49-47%. >> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to say it is a new race. >> in guy killed osama bin laden i think he can stan up to mitt romney. >> mitt romney continues to hammer president obama's foreign policy in an editorial today romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see the first debate between mitt romney and president obama right here on abc7, live debate coverage begins 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, the u.s. supreme court convenes new session today. explosive issues like same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion likely coming up. the first thing 7:00 this morning, pacific time, will release a list of appeals it will not consider. california's ban on same-sex marriage is not likely to be on that list f it is the 9th circ
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> first, live look at the big board, dow up heading towards 100 points. >> president obama and his challenger mitt romney are gearing up for their first face-to-face the presidential debate preparations underway. >>> we brought it to you live earlier this morning. hot pursuit through the streets of southern california the getaway the driver tried to make. ♪ ♪ we were skipping stones ♪ and letting go ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. i moved to new york to work in fashion. i came here with just a suitcase, maybe two. and luckily i found an apartment just three blocks away from t.j.maxx, which was perfect because i needed everything and i still needed to make rent. t.j.m
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
35 days before the final vote. and president obama and mitt romney, one day away from that first and crucial debate. both candidates cramming in private. the stakes could not be higher for romney behind now in the battleground states. abc's jake tapper is in las vegas where the president has set up his debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney, his aides say, is getting used to the one-on-one format, with the race so tight, anything could happen and so much could ride on tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. meanwhile, the president
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Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
point in the race for president. both president obama and mitt romney have stopped campaigning this weekend instead burrowing into hard-core debate prep cramming their facts and honing their one-liners. it's "your voice, your vote" with just 37 days left until the election. abc's david kerley who usually joins us from washington is here at the desk. good to see you. >> nice to be here. you know, dan, this is a really big debate. this is part performance, part policy. the stakes are always high. but for mitt romney, some are saying it is make or break. and for the president, leading in the polls, it's a matter of not letting his challenger back into the race. president obama travels to nevada this morning where he will spend the next three days in debate camp reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing mr. obama holding a lead. this morning it's six points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney right now because if he doesn't do well in this debate, it's going to be hard for him to get back in th
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Oct 5, 2012 12:00am PDT
the debate last night. which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president -- the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was looking -- he was trying to find a b of a of apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged his performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling onto the stage. mitt romney seemed downright human. he really did. he was relaxed before the debate. this is mitt and his wife ann watching their son play a rousing game of jenga. this is real. we didn't make this up. they are playing -- and look at how much fun they're having. have you ever seen a person enjoy watching althou ing anoth play jenga as much as the romneys are here? he's having a dynamite time. i guess when you don't drink or smoke, jenga kicks ass. [ applause ] it's the simple things. moderator for the debate last night was jim lehrer of pbs and jim was as in control of this evening as a replacement refe
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Sep 28, 2012 12:00am PDT
are reporting that barack obama masks are outselling mitt romney masks by 34%. and the numbers are potentially significant because mask sales have correctly predicted the winner of the last four elections. and i -- it's not really fair because with the obama mask, you don't have the to carry a bag around when you trick our treat. you can store the candy in the ears. [ laughter ] i personally don't care which one of these masks is more popular. i'm more interested in receiving which one does a better job of scaring our security guard adelina. this is adelina. she guards the door outside my office. needless to say, i feel very protected when she's around. she's a perfect test subject for this. she has big reactions to everything. let's find out which presidential candidate's mask scared adelina the most today. great. we start with president obama. hiding in the closet behind adelina. she's enjoying her coffee. and her 14th snack of the day. she does not know what's happening. and -- >> obama! obama! >> jimmy: round two. mitt romney. here comes mitt. and -- mitt romney is now -- she's talking to
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Sep 28, 2012 5:00am PDT
. the obama campaign has spent more than 40 million dollars in ads in ohio. romney campaign more than 20 million in three critical battleground states president obama is in the lead. romney campaign says their internal polling in those states shows a tighter race. >> they have to plant a flag in ohio and fight like crazy many >> reporter: romney's path to victory is shrinking. the president is within 15 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to win reelection. mitt romney would need to win nearly all of the remaining seven tossup states to win the white house. they all went for president obama in 2008. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> prep work gets in full swing today for next week's oracle open world the annual weeklong tech conference that brings in 50,000 gets underway sunday army of techs will begin transforming the moss mosconey center today. [ unintelligible ] >>> mike is here with the big story that affects everybody the weather it is changing. >> it is. today a little bit, tomorrow sunday, monday, big time changes heatwave coming in. what is slowing it today is thicker fog,
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am PDT
. the obama campaign arguing in five of the last six debates, the challengers were perceived the winners. pointing to all the debates during the primaries. romney's had a lot of practice. as you'll see, the romney camp, painting the president as a master orator. after chasing each other through ohio and virginia -- >> we've got the win in virginia. >> we will win in ohio. >> reporter: -- overnight, a shift to that crucial first debate. overnight, a senior adviser to the romney campaign, sending a memo to romney surrogates. setting expectations low. saying president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker. and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. the governor offering the same assessment to us. do you think the president will be a formidable opponent on the debate stage? >> absolutely. he's a brilliant orator. >> reporter: romney will practice again this weekend. after a series of mock debates with rob portman playing the president. the president will travel to nevada this weekend for three days of prep. senator john kerry will play the role
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Sep 29, 2012 4:00am PDT
from the first debate between president obama and republican challenger, mitt romney. some are calling these debates a make-or-break moment for romney. it's "your voice, your vote." with just 38 days left to election day. and david kerley joins us from the white house with an inside look at how both sides are prepping. david? >> reporter: good morning, bianna. this is the year that these debates could be critical. so, both candidates are spending a lot of time preparing. heading back to boston for more debate practice, mitt romney would not endorse the view that the debates could be do-or-die for his campaign. >> i don't think anyone would suggest that the debates are not important. i can't tell you how important it will be. it will be a good chance for the president and for me to have a conversation with the american people about our respective views. >> four more years. >> reporter: mr. obama spent a couple of hours practicing yesterday, as well. and has three days set aside for more practice. it's nicknamed debate camp. and near the end of camp, like now, it's a full-on mock debate.
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